MEET THE TEAM
The Faces of Our Organization
Catherine “Cat” Martinez is from El Paso, Texas. She will proudly strike up a conversation with anyone that mentions UTEP -- Go Miners! Cat graduated from Baylor University and went on to complete her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Grand Canyon University. She is now an Account Manager for a local Seattle tech company.
Cat identifies as LatinX, ChicanX, and queer. Her own family isolation has inspired her to seek out chosen family. This was a driving force for her to join Spectrum Resource Center as a board member. She seeks support and mentorship from her elders, as well as enjoys mentoring younger generations.
Cat enjoys reading a good book by a fire, any sport, and being in the great outdoors.
Alvis Wilson is from Detroit, MI, and began his public service work in Brooklyn, NY, as a Community Health Specialist working for People of Color in Crisis (POCC). As a community health specialist, he conducted outreach to sex workers, HIV testing and counseling, and helped organize NYC Black Pride events. After working with POCC for a few years, he began his teaching career as a science teacher in New York City through the Teaching Opportunity Program Scholarship (TOPS). While teaching, Mr. Wilson obtained his Master’s Degree in Biology Secondary Education from Hunter College.
After three years in the classroom, Mr. Wilson decided to take a break from teaching to pursue a law degree. While in Law School, Mr. Wilson participated in the Mediation Clinic mediating civil law and housing court cases and worked on consumer debt law cases for District Counsel 37. After completing his degree, he decided to return to teaching because of his passion for educating students and helping them realize their potential.
Mr. Wilson is passionate about working in the LGBT community and is interested in broadening his reach and impact by serving as a board member for Spectrum Resource Center. He enjoys music, hiking, reading, traveling, cooking, learning, and educating others in his spare time.
Mr. Wilson earned his B.S. in Biology from Michigan State University, an M.A. in Biology Adolescent Education from Hunter College, and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Treasurer & Co Vice-Chair
Jesse Guecha was born in Muisca territory, what dominating culture calls Colombia, South America. He has mixed Muisca and colonizer ancestry and grew up on Coast Salish territory, in a small town 3 hours from Seattle. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in 2002 and has continued to live in Dxʷdəwʔabš (Duwamish) territory, also known as the greater Seattle area, since then. Jesse currently works for QLaw Foundation of Washington as a Paralegal and Legal Services Manager. He identifies as Indigenous, Latinx, immigrant, Two Spirit, transmasculine, and as a father to his two children.
(THEY/THEM & HE/HIM)
Dallas Martinez was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He also spent some adult years in Denver, Colorado; Phoenix, Arizona; and now resides in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. They identify as queer, non-binary, transmasculine, Chicano, Latino, Mexican-American, Mexican Indigenous, and sometimes, LatinX, ChicanX, Latine, and Brown.
They are a practicing attorney with Pride Law, PLLC. Their firm offers a variety of legal services, including queer-centered legal support. They are also an activist and volunteer.
His final motivation for founding Spectrum Resource Center (SRC) was to find balance with his law practice efforts and his need for chosen family as a transplant and brown queer. SRC was a long-time vision inspired by numerous queer groups and centers that Dallas has participated with. Dallas has greatly benefitted from coaches, mentors, and elders, as well as from mentoring and coaching youth. For him, SRC is just continuing the solidarity.
In his free time, Dallas enjoys being outdoors, experiencing live music, and finding new local breweries and eateries.